WWE's Payback lasted for 2 hours 50 minutes and 47 seconds (2h 50m 47s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of the show, in chronological order. The matches are in bold. The "pre-match" includes video pack...
WWE's Payback lasted for 2 hours 50 minutes and 47 seconds (2h 50m 47s). Here is a breakdown of the timing for every single second of the show, in chronological order. The matches are in bold. The "pre-match" includes video packages, entrances, ring introductions, and any verbal promos that occur right before a match officially begins. The "post-match" includes any celebrations, replays, angles, attacks, or promos that occur right after a match is finished.
Some matches have multiple "pre-match" or "post-match" entries because, for example, an unrelated video was inserted between a post-match celebration and a post-match promo. In these cases I will offer a slightly more detailed explanation of the segment.
0m 20s: WWE's "Then, Now, Forever" opening
2m 40s: Video hyping Payback
0m 38s: Cole welcomes us to Payback
3m 16s: Pre-match for Barrett vs Miz vs Axel
10m 36s: Barrett vs Miz vs Axel
1m 57s: Post-match for Barrett vs Miz vs Axel (in-ring celebration)
1m 04s: Video promoting Mark Henry's return
1m 44s: Post-match for Barrett vs Miz vs Axel (backstage with Vince and Triple H)
0m 11s: Cole talks about Chicago
3m 02s: Pre-match for Kaitlyn vs AJ Lee
9m 56s: Kaitlyn vs AJ Lee
4m 19s: Post-match for Kaitlyn vs AJ Lee
0m 31s: Commercial for Money In The Bank
1m 35s: Expert panel analysis
1m 30s: Video for the Wyatt Family
2m 36s: Pre-match for Ambrose vs Kane
9m 34s: Ambrose vs Kane
1m 22s: Post-match for Ambrose vs Kane
1m 11s: Video promoting RVD's return
0m 50s: Recap of Sandow vs Sheamus from the PPV pre-show
4m 27s: Pre-match for Ziggler vs ADR
13m 50s: Ziggler vs ADR
3m 03s: Post-match for Ziggler vs ADR (celebration, replays)
0m 33s: Video - Don't Try This At Home
0m 13s: Cole talks about Chicago
0m 42s: Expert panel analysis
2m 06s: Post-match for Ziggler vs ADR (ADR promo)
6m 57s: Pre-match for Punk vs Jericho
21m 21s: Punk vs Jericho
2m 14s: Post-match for Punk vs Jericho (celebration, replays)
0m 17s: Plug for the Payback theme song
0m 20s: Pre-match for Shield vs Bryan/Orton (hype from Cole)
0m 39s: Post-match for Punk vs Jericho (end of celebration)
2m 25s: Pre-match for Shield vs Bryan/Orton (entrances)
12m 10s: Shield vs Bryan/Orton
1m 21s: Post-match for Shield vs Bryan/Orton
0m 45s: Commercial for fatherhood.gov, Cole offers a Happy Father's Day to us
10m 13s: Pre-match for Cena vs Ryback
7m 32s: Cena vs Ryback (Lumberjack)
1m 10s: Time between falls (with multiple replays)
7m 25s: Cena vs Ryback (Tables)
2m 28s: Time between falls (Ryback puts Cena through table)
6m 03s: Cena vs Ryback (Ambulance)
3m 41s: Post-match for Cena vs Ryback
The Three Stages Of Hell match can be timed in multiple ways. I decided to only count the bell-to-bell times for each of the three falls, which adds up to a total match time of 21m 00s. However, if you prefer to include the time between the falls as well, the match would end up being 24m 38s.
The seven matches combined for a total of bell-to-bell time of 98m 27s. That is equal to 57.6% of the total show time that was devoted to wrestling matches.
The pre-match pieces combined for a total time of 33m 16s, which is 19.5% of the total show time. This includes the lengthy video package hyping the Cena vs Ryback match. In total, the pre-match segment for Cena vs Ryback clocked in at 10m 13s, which was longer than the Divas title match and the US title match.
The post-match pieces combined for a total time of 22m 26s, which is 13.1% of the total show time. This includes the backstage segment with Triple H and Vince McMahon confronting Curtis Axel. This does not include the time between falls in the Cena vs Ryback match.
That leaves about 9.7% of the show remaining for other miscellaneous things. This includes commercials, videos hyping wrestler returns, filler commentary between matches, expert panel analysis, and so forth.
These calculated percent